On Saturday, Berko rounded off their programme of home friendlies with a narrow defeat to Ryman North side Ware, who have strengthened their team in the summer. Jimmy Martin put the visitors in front in the 5th minute when he ran down the middle to score with a shot. Ware looked match sharp and seemed to have a good shape and passed the ball well. However, Berko eventually settled down and carved our some chances, but this time did not take them. An air shot from Josh Chamberlain when well placed, confirmed it was not the home side’s day. Connor Calcull got in some shots but there were few on target to trouble Rhys Madden.


Aime Blessing added a second goal for Ware on the hour mark, when he ran clear and got round the exposed Carl Tasker before slotting the ball home. Berko have made so many new signings of similar ability, competition for places will be strong but it is not yet clear what the best eleven will be.


Berko’s under 18 side beat Chesham United 3-2 with goals from Ashley Morrisey, Jordan Aikman and Yusef Seodl.


On Saturday at 3pm Berko start the season in earnest playing Hoddesdon Town in an FA Cup with Budweiser tie. The match will take place at Waltham Abbey’s ground in Sewardstone Road, as Hoddesdon do not get use of their own ground until September. Mick Vipond is optimistic that a trio who missed the Ware game will be able to play, as Lawrence Bunker should recover from his injury and Lewis Pritchard will be over his flu bout and Bekim Culaj will be available. Danny Power however, remains suspended. Centre half Craig Preston has joined Berko after a brief spell at Aylesbury United, which adds to the defensive options.


If a replay is needed it will be on Tuesday at Broadwater. Assuming no FA Cup replays, Berko will be at home to Hillingdon Borough in their first Premier division league game of the season on Tuesday 14th kick off 7:45pm.


Berkhamsted have had a busy week learning their cup draws. Berko will have a rematch with Hoddesdon Town in the quarter final of the Herts. Charity Shield, after Town knocked Tring Athletic out on penalties last Saturday. Berko will entertain mighty Bishops Stortford of the Blue Square North in November in the Herts. Senior Cup. The Comrades also have an attractive home tie in the Spartan South Midlands Challenge Trophy, entertaining Aylesbury United on Saturday 22nd September in a battle between the two best supported sides in the division. The whole cup is pre-drawn, and if they can keep going Berko will be at home in each of the first four rounds.


Berko got a 1st round bye in the Premier division Cup and travel to newly promoted Ampthill Town in the 2nd round. If they can keep going, Berko will be at home in the quarter and semi finals of that competition.


Berko’s reserve side have a friendly at home to Pitstone & Ivinghoe on Saturday.


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